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were threatened with attack, or were tion temporarily of a Secret peculiarly exposed to acts of wanton

Service Department. To undermischief; but the fact of the Gov. ernment being thus forewarned and

take this duty the Home Secreforearmed sufficed both to deter the tary nominated Colonel the conspirators from a further prosecu- Hon. William Feilding of the tion of their plots, and to reassure Guards, who had done good the peaceable and well-disposed part work in Ireland in checking of the community of the protection of the law.”

the spread of Fenianism among

the troops. Lord Mayo's choice As a matter of fact, the fell on me, and I was invited Clerkenwell explosion was not to co-operate. When I came the work of the Fenian organ- to London the following week, isation at all, but of a small the scheme submitted to me was gang

of low-class London Irish that we should take up our within its ranks. At this quarters in a private house in time, moreover, the organisa- some quiet street and “work tion had ceased to be formid- underground.” To this I obable. In the beginning of jeoted, not only for professional 1867 Fenianism was a power reasons, but because I believed to be reckoned with, both in that secrecy on such lines the United Kingdom and in would be impossible. In America; but the events of the Mexico, it is said, people speak year had utterly discredited the truth only when they wish the movement and demoralised to deceive; and a display of the conspirators. The most openness is always a good ordinary police precautions screen for secrecy.

I would would have prevented the consent remain only if outrage, and a competent in- attached

Government telligence department would Department. Lord Mayo took have prevented the wild scare my view of the matter, and I which the outrage produced. was installed in the law room

The apathy which had pre- at the Irish Office. Colonel vailed till then gave place at Feilding carried out the other

to unreasoning panic. project with the help of CapThe explosion occurred on tain Whelan of the 8th RegiFriday. The Cabinet

met ment. They were both friends next day and decided to adopt of mine, and the joint scheme heroio measures to cope with worked admirably. what was supposed to be a The panic which prevailed great national crisis. On the in London at this time was Monday a Home Office circular absolutely ludicrous. When I called for the enrolment of took up The Times' on the special constables, and a body morning of my arrival (Decof over 50,000 was thus raised ember 19), I learned that, the in London within the month, and night before, "a great number more than double that number of detective police were sent throughout the provinces. out on duty into different parts Another project decreed by of the city.”

And further, the Cabinet was the organisa- that “the South Kensington

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Museum, the British Museum, opposite houses. And though, the gas factories, the powder as I have said, the Fenian magazines, &c., &c., were all leaders in London had no part protected by officers of the in the outrage, they expected police and military.” By every to suffer in consequence of it; post Ministers received letters and if sensible measures of from panic - stricken folk, or repression had been adopted

, from lunatics or cranks,' re- they would have submitted porting suspicious incidents, or without a protest. But when giving warning of plots upon they discovered that by expublic or private property, ploding a cask of gunpowder And the “specials" had a bad they could throw not only the time of it, doing “sentry-go” public but the Government of in the streets on foggy nights this country into hysterics, when they ought to have been they rallied from their fright in their beds.

and set themselves to profit My friendship with Mon- by the lesson. tague Corry, afterwards Lord I suppose I ought to have Rowton, dated from this time. accepted the situation and When meeting him at the posed as the saviour of my Home Office I persuaded him country; but my efforts were that it was quite unnecessary chiefly aimed at preventing or to carry a revolver. All the exploding scares.

In some private secretaries carried quarters my cynical scepticism arms, he told me. And the was not appreciated; but I

; Fenians were credited with had a powerful “backer” in the intention not only of Mr Liddell, the Permanent murdering public officials, but Under-Secretary at the Home of burning public buildings Office, a man who was the and private houses. Para- impersonation of sound judggraphs and letters in the news- ment and common-sense. papers every day gave warning The following characteristic that “Fenian fire,” or “Greek incident may serve to illustrate fire" as it was called, would the daily occurrences of this be used for this purpose, and period. Lord Derby received advising that, as water would a letter, evidently from a lady not quench it, a supply of sand of culture, giving details of a should be kept in readiness— serious Fenian plot to attack advice which was acted on at the Bank of England on Whitehall, if not elsewhere. certain night. The writer

As a matter of fact, the added that it would not be Clerkenwell explosion fright- convenient to her to see any ened the Fenians quite as much one on the subject; nor would as it frightened the Government. anything be gained by an The wretched men who fired interview, as she could add that fuse meant only to make nothing to her written statea breach in the prison wall, ment. But she implored the and it never occurred to them Prime Minister not to neglect that they would wreck the the warning, as the quarter

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from which the information ing of trust. She gave me a came was a guarantee of its sketch of her life, and showed value. This matter was deemed a number of letters from too serious to trust to special persons of distinction in whose constables, and it was pro- houses she had lived either posed to double the usual as governess or companion, military guard at the Bank. letters which gave proof that I protested that by action of she was held by them in high this kind we were reviving esteem. Some forty minutes Fenianism and creating future were spent in this way before trouble; and I sought and I could lead her to the business obtained Lord Derby's consent I had in hand. She then lowto my investigating the matter ered her voice and repeated to before any orders were issued. me the substance of her letter

That afternoon I set out to the Prime Minister. I disupon my errand. The address cussed the matter with her and given in the letter proved to be tried in vain to induce her to a lodging-house which had an disclose the source of her inunmistakably Irish name upon formation. But at last her the door, and it occurred to me nerve-power of resistance gave at once that the writer might way, and she told me that she have overheard what she nar- was in the habit of receiving rated, and that her story might heavenly visions, and that this after all be important. Gain- plot had been divinely revealed ing admittance by a ruse and to her. under an assumed name, I was I was completely taken shown into a room on the first aback. Till then her whole floor, half boudoir, half bed- manner and bearing had imroom. There I was received by pressed me most favourably, a very charming elderly lady, and I was looking forward to who shook hands with me, apologising at headquarters for saying “You have come from my dogmatism. But there was Lord Derby.” “Lord Derby!”

to follow, Then and I exclaimed ; “do you mean the there she lapsed into some sort Prime Minister?" “Yes," of trance, her eyes became said she with a smile, "you fixed, and in a changed voice can't deceive me; I have ways she described what was passing of finding out things. I have before her. I was held like the no doubt you have my letter to wedding-guest by the Ancient Lord Derby in your pocket.” Mariner. To this day the inWith a laugh I assented, and cident still lives in my memory. proceeded to talk about the I will not attempt to explain subject of my visit. But she it, but will only add that the insisted on talking about her- Bank of England was never self, in order, as she said, to raided by the Fenians nor was Batisfy me that she was deserv- the military guard increased.

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He had only come up for a After that he and she were week to get cool, and after alone on Olympus. three days wished himself any. There was not a ghost of a where else. It was a hateful doubt in either from the first, place, just the bare knife-edge only the tiny film of melanof a ridge with a Mall on the choly, the shadow of impertop and the Lower Mall & manence, that hangs over all hundred yards lower down, great happiness. and you were lucky any day They met on the Mall, Marbetween June and Ootober if garet was watching the clouds you could see one road from lift and the multitudinous little the other. The rainfall might watercourses shining through have been worse, but there was and catching the glint of the no end to the mist.

Gerard knew her comGerkal was frequented be- panion. She was a Mrs Chicause it was only a few hours cester, the wife of a

man in from the headquarters of a his brother's regiment at Division in the plains. The Meerut. hotels and boarding - houses He stopped and spoke to were filled with young married her. Margaret

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up women who had no husbands slowly, but before he had met or houses to look after. They her eyes he knew that someplayed badminton and flirted thing had changed for him. with beardless boys up for the "Margaret, let me intromusketry class, whom they duce Captain Hayden, - Miss

, spoilt to a turn; and having Fettes." First he saw a brown

I nothing better to do, they dis- mushroom hat of tweed with a cussed one another in an un- fur brim and a feather which generous spirit and engineered just failed by a shade to repeat cliques which were held to- the deep rich brown of her gether by antipathies outside hair. There were masses of it. the circle. Margaret was not When she turned towards him of these.

he became aware that her The club was full of dyspep- eyes were brown too, a shade tio invalids who nursed their darker, and she had the clear spleen. It was no place for an nutty complexion which only able - bodied man with more English women attain who live than ten days' leave. On the a great deal out of doors where third day Gerard Hayden be- there is little sun. She had gan to pack. He would rather not the features of a pretty grill, he said, than “stiok it woman; yet she was beautiful. out

another day. But in the It was partly the rare restfulevening he met Margaret. ness of the poise of the head,

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partly the veiled depth of her ceded, leaving pools that glimeyes and the mysterious reserve mered in the sun. A month in them which was half frank- ago the plains were parched ness. They seemed to be wait- and burnt to shades of copper ing for something. He knew and gun - metal. Now the in a second by their sleepy strange evening light lent responsiveness and the way them the purple of the sea. she carried her head, the cer- In the far distance the vapours tainty and buoyancy of it, curled over the rocks like that one might trust her ab- breakers. To the west the solutely in great things and Sutlej spread out like an estusmall.

ary, the Sirhind Canal lay Then he heard her voice, and across the sand, a silver wire; the music of it broke down his to the east the Gajjar sought last defences.

escape through the foothills in “ Are you in Strangway's a dozen new channels about Horse?” she said. "It must Pinjor. On all sides the bare, be your brother we know at ribbed Sewaliks lay with Meerut.”

their gaping fissures like While they were talking the starved leviathans stranded by mists unrolled from the plain the sea, and in between myriA sheet of water caught the ads of little streams met and sun's rays through a

through a filmy parted and shone like a netcloud and reflected them with work of dewy gossamer in the intense brilliance. The air be- morning sun. It seemed as if came so clear that the horizon the last ebb of the tide parseemed to melt away.

celled over the broken shingle It was

not scene they were racing towards the ocean, could turn their backs on. seeking an outlet into the Hayden threw his overcoat purple beyond. over a dripping garden - seat They sat there long after the inside the palings, and they sat sun had set, watching the last and watched the shifting pan- glow dying from the pineorama of mist and cloud driven trunks and the grey striated before the sun. It was the rocks. The pale euphorbias beginning of a break in the became luminous and spectral. rains. Mrs Chicester was The blue of the sky merged enchanted; she was full of into a deeper blue and became suggestions as to how to turn night. it to account. She thought a Mrs Chicester was the first picnic was essential. Hayden to stir. and Miss Fettes agreed that it “ Margaret, we've forgotten would be sinful to waste the the lace," she said. chance.

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we'll be late for dinner.” It was a gorgeous evening. Hayden and Margaret They seemed to be looking laughed. across an illimitable expanse of After they had said goodsand and rock and water, from night Mrs Chicester turned which the waves had just re- back.

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